BBQ Buying Guide

Outdoor cooking is no longer a seasonal sport with the right BBQ equipment and accessories. Do you need a gas barbecue like a Weber grill, or are you cooking “low and slow” with a Traeger smoker? This BBQ Buying Guide will help you decide what is the best BBQ for your outdoor kitchen.

BBQs & Grills

You have many options to take in: electric BBQs, gas BBQs, charcoal BBQs, Kamado grills, wood pellet grills or smokers. We have the right outdoor cooking system to make sure you and your guests enjoy a fantastic meal in that delicious smelling outdoor air. 

Types of Grills

Charcoal BBQ Grills

  • Lump or briquette charcoal is the primary fuel source in these units. You can further utilize wood chips to mimic the effect of a smoker.
  • Produces fewer flare-ups than gas units, as drippings are caught by the charcoal and converted to taste-infusing vapours.
  • There are also Kamado grills, also known as ceramic grills, which use natural lump charcoal made from charred woods like oak, hickory or maple. They produce less ash than briquette charcoal grills.

Gas BBQ Grills

  • Available in either natural gas or propane models.
  • Can be fueled by a removable or refillable propane tank or a fixed gas line.
  • Options include multiple burners, side burners, rotisserie burners, automatic igniters, lighting and many more accessories.


Smoker BBQs & Grills

  • Smoker BBQs use the heat from smoke instead of heat directly generated from fuel.
  • Cooks food with less heat over longer periods of time.
  • Cooks low and slow. Food is often left to slow cook in a smoker for somewhere between 3 and 12 hours, ensuring tenderness and maximum flavour penetration.
  • Indirect smokers are excellent for cold smoking items like fish or even cheese!
  • Provides that distinct and delicious smoky flavour on all your favourite meats, seafood, and veggies.
  • A variety of flavours can be achieved by burning different materials to generate smoke (cherry wood, maple, mesquite, charcoal, etc.).


Pellet Grills

  • Pellet grills are fuelled by safe, easy-to-use hardwood pellets that come in a variety of flavours: hickory, mesquite, apple, oak, and more.
  • You can opt for a traditional pellet grill or a pellet smoker, ideal for slow cooking meat.
  • These grills are versatile and can handle any BBQ technique, from searing a steak to braising a brisket.

Electric Grills

  • Runs on electric power, a great alternative when a gas or charcoal BBQ is inaccessible.
  • Produces fewer fumes and smoke, so some cooking can be done both indoors and out.
  • Portable options are available.

Portable Grills

  • Small, compact, and often portable and lightweight; the perfect size for an apartment or city dwelling.
  • Can be either propane or electric grills.

Outdoor Kitchens

  • Stunning, impressive, and very low-maintenance due to the durability of stainless steel and other finishes.
  • Fully customizable: Select your grill, side burners, doors and drawers, tank bins, ice machines, refrigerators, sinks, and more.
  • Can significantly increase your space and resources as your home and family grow.
  • Can potentially increase the value of your home and will impress prospective buyers.
  • Popular for outdoor living projects and ideal for people who grill often or in large amounts.
  • Provides an everyday alternative to indoor cooking during summer, when interior kitchens can heat up your home.

Outdoor kitchens can be custom-made to your space or prefabricated and ready to install.

Prefab kitchens are essentially built for you, delivered to your home, and come with everything you need to complete the setup. On the other hand, custom kitchens are built specifically to the shape and size of your outdoor space. Because prefab kitchens come in a set number of layouts, they are typically the more affordable choice. However, you can often customize the colours and materials.

Custom kitchens may be pricier, but they offer even more personalization options. You can decide on features like the layout, flooring, countertops, lighting, storage options, and more.

Tip: If your outdoor kitchen is in an enclosed area, consider adding an exhaust hood to keep the area freer from fumes.


Outdoor Pizza Ovens & Grills

  • Due to the high heat generated and their flat stone cooking surface, pizza ovens are designed to be the perfect home-cooked pizza-making tool.
  • Typically wood-burning, they can be used to cook anything a conventional oven can.


Essential BBQ Grill Accessories

Your outdoor grilling game is not complete without the accompanying gadgets, tools, accessories, and equipment. From smoking boxes to tool sets, meat thermometers, and grill racks, we've got everything you need to make the outdoor cooking experience easy and delicious. 

Digital meat thermometer

Meat Thermometer

meat thermometer can mean the difference between a perfectly done meal and one that's overcooked. No need to cut open your steak and sacrifice all those delicious juices. Use a meat thermometer instead.


BBQ Cover

Protect your investment! BBQs can be damaged by rain, snow, ice, and UV rays. Using a cover can significantly extend the life of your BBQ and will also cut down on cleaning and maintenance.


BBQ Cookware

You can diversify your recipe portfolio with grill racks and other cookware. Grill racks increase cooking space on your grill. Cookware like a perforated BBQ Wok Basket, for example, allows you to grill smaller items like chopped fruits, veggies, or potatoes.


BBQ Tool Sets

The right tools make all the difference. Make sure you're equipped with tongs, forks, spatulas, and grill brushes for safety, accessibility, and cleanliness.

Note: Grill brushes should be replaced every year due to the risk of bristles ending up in your food.


Rotisserie Spits

A rotisserie spit ensures even temperature exposure across whatever you are cooking. Perfect for large gatherings, you can cook a number of whole chickens, large prime rib roasts, and more.


Charcoal Starter

Also called a chimney, a charcoal starter gets your charcoal glowing and ready to cook in just minutes.


Cleaning Tools

Remove charred food and grimy build-up from your grill’s cooking surfaces to extend your BBQ's lifespan. Use grate wipes, brushes, and grid cleaner to keep your grill fresh.


Types of BBQ Grills & Grates

BBQ grates are the surface on which your food directly sits. For this reason, it is extremely important to keep this surface clean and maintained to ensure even and safe cooking. There are four different types of cooking grates available.


Cast Iron

These are the most basic and widely used grilling surface. Heavy grates that do not rust or corrode for a long time, they wear in well and, if they do not get cracked or damaged, cast iron grates can last a long time. 

Porcelain-Coated Cast Iron Grates

These are the most sought-after because of how well cast iron distributes heat and how the porcelain coating reduces food sticking. These perform well and last the longest out of all the four grate types.

Stainless Steel Grates

These are often rust-resistant, long-lasting, and easy to clean. But without a secondary coating such as Teflon or porcelain, food can sometimes stick to the steel surface during grilling.

Porcelain-Coated Steel Grates

Want to reduce the chance of food sticking to the grate? These are perfect for that, however, make sure you keep hard metal scrapers away from porcelain coated grills as they can chip.

Tip: To ensure longevity, brush away built-up food particles while the grill is still warm.

Grill Rocks & Stones

Grill rocks absorb, hold, and reflect heat, which means they do a much better job of keeping your grill hot throughout the cook. They absorb the drips from your food as it cooks which can help avoid flare-ups and adds to the overall flavour.

Lava Rock

This type of rock, literally lava, is used to mimic the effect of charcoal cooking. Its porous surface traps grease and drippings from the grate above and, as a result, decreases flare-ups that are signature to charcoal. Lava rocks also evenly distribute heat throughout the grill which lessens the instance of hot spots (the sections of your grill that are hotter than others). 


BBQ Grill Parts & Maintenance

Vaporizer Bars & Heat Shields

These plates minimize flare-ups and help eliminate hot spots throughout the grill. They provide uniform heat for even and thorough cooking. Any juices that drip from the above grates dissipate once they hit the hot metal. The hot metal plate acts as a basin for food drippings to land and evaporate, and this contributes to the wonderful flavours of your food.

Igniters & Lighters

Most BBQs come with automatic igniters included. However, prolonged wear and tear and exposure to the elements often results in needing a replacement. We have a wide variety of igniters and lighters available.


The burners are the centre of your gas grilling experience. Gas escapes from perforations or gaps along the burners' sides and ignites to produce flames for cooking. They control your grilling with precise temperatures at the turn of a knob, whether you want to sear your steak or steam vegetables. Having effective and functional burners also allows for year-round grilling.

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